Month: December 2013

Distributor Profile: Shady Oak Distributing

left to Right: Hal, LeAnne and Randy

Left to Right: Hal, LeAnne and Randy

“Expansion in the Works!”

As Shady Oak Distributing builds on more than 56 years in business, it’s anything but business as usual. Headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., Shady Oak is a distributor of Vent-A-Hood products throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and now Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.

Owned and operated by the Guyer family, the company’s expansion into Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska is an endeavor that LeAnne Guyer says the family is excited to undertake.

“We have been distributing Vent-A-Hood products throughout the Upper Midwest region for more than half a century, and we wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “And our recent addition of three states presents an exciting challenge to make our mark in a new territory and forge long-lasting relationships. There are vast amounts of opportunity for increased business and further expansion.”

The company began in Hopkins, MN in 1957 as a small retail appliance store featuring, among other things, Vent-A-Hood range hoods. In 1969, Lee Guyer bought the company, and in 1975 he expanded his reach by starting a new business selling appliances to builders. Sons Hal and Randy joined Lee in the businesses that same year. Lee started another company in 1980 to distribute high-end appliances to appliance stores and kitchen dealers. Lee sold the retail business to Hal and Randy in 1987, and, in 1993, the company was morphed into Shady Oak Distributing to more actively promote Vent-A-Hood sales. Randy’s daughter LeAnne joined the company in 2006, making it a family ownership spanning three generations. As a distributor, Shady Oak supplies and supports a network of local dealers who, in turn, sell to the general public.

According to Randy, much of the family’s success is owed to its philosophy of creating personal relationships with its clients and business partners.

“Years spent on the retail side of the business have provided us with an edge that our competitors simply don’t have,” he said. “We understand what it means to be a retailer and what sellers need in order to be successful in selling our products. Our philosophy is to sell the best while making it easy for our customers to do business with us.”

The Guyers also credit their success to the Woodall family. According to Hal, the loyalty shown by the Woodall family – founders and owners of Vent-A-Hood – is tough to find in modern-day business.

“To Randy, LeAnne and me, working with Vent-A-Hood is like working with family,” Hal said. “We have been, and always will be, grateful for the opportunities that selling Vent-A-Hood has provided. And all we have to do is sell the best – what a deal!”

After more than half a century, the business is still pursuing the next big goal. Thank you, Shady Oak!

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The 12 Hoods of Christmas

On the first hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A JDIH460SS

JDIH460SS

JDIH460SS

On the second hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS and a JDH348

JDH348

On the third hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS, JDH348 and a custom a CWLH9-466SS

custom a CWLH9-466SS

On the forth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS and a JPWVH

JPWVH

On the fifth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me:  A JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH  and XRH18-348 White

XRH18-348 White

On the sixth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH , a XRH18-348 White and a JCH460/B1-SS

JCH460/B1-SS

On the seventh hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH, a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS a JDH236/C2 custom hood

DH236/C2 custom hood

On the eighth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH, a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS ,a JDH236/C2 custom hood and a PRH9 Professional

PRH9 Professional

On the ninth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH , a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS ,a JDH236/C2 custom hood, a PRH9 Professional, and a KHSLD Liner

KHSLD Liner

On the tenth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH , a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS ,a JDH236/C2 custom hood, a PRH9 Professional, a KHSLD Liner, and a THPSLE Liner

THPSLE Liner

On the eleventh hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A  JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH , a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS ,a JDH236/C2 custom hood, a PRH9 Professional, a KHSLD Liner, a THPSLE Liner and a  CIEH9 Contemporary Series

CIEH9 Contemporary Series

On the twelfth hood of Christmas my true love gave to me: A JDIH460SS, JDH348, a custom a CWLH9-466SS, a JPWVH, a XRH18-348 White, a JCH460/B1-SS ,a JDH236/C2 custom hood, a PRH9 Professional, a KHSLD Liner, a THPSLE Liner a  CIEH9 Contemporary Series and a PDH14 EuroLine 

PDH14 Euroline

Happy Holidays from us to you.